12:52 pm February 25, 2010, by David O'Brien
February 25th, 20105:36 pm
Lew….yes, same Jack Davis. He also did the covers for a few Super Bowl programs as well. Always recognize his characters in his art. Few know him but Alfred E. Newman will live forever. Been a friend of the family for 60 years. Grew up in Buckhead when Buckhead was considered being in the sticks. Believe that? Moved to the Northeast then Savannah. Got a few of his works. He was a cartoonist for the AJC(Constitution at that time) during the 40’s and illustrator for Coca Cola. He is a huge Braves fan probably about 85 years young.
February 25th, 20105:38 pm
JOE, where in upstate NY? I’m in Saratoga myself (resulting in my cheesy name). There’s a few other bloggers in the region as well. Off the top of my head, there’s Eric in Albany, Tom O’ Hawke, AdirondackDave, joerochester out west, and of course Lew over in central VT. When he’s not being lavished with praise down on the field at Dark Star, that is.
I’m guessing there’s quite a few more as well. Dave’s blog is such a great way to feel like you’re right there with the team.
February 25th, 20105:47 pm
Diaz has always struck me as a nice guy and he’s proven his talent. And I’d wager he doesn’t have a full back tattoo like Hinske!
February 25th, 20105:53 pm
Really? People here don’t like Hinske now because of his tattoo? Really? I mean, I’m not really a fan of tats either, but it’s the dude’s own body…his. Unfair of some poeple to base your judgments on his body art….
Rob from SC
any new updates on JJ?
Eric from MO
February 25th, 20106:11 pm
Andy I dont like tats either but I dont dislike him because of it. I do think it looks stupid though. Dont know why you would want to do that to yourself.
Toga Party, My home’s about an hour from Saratoga and I’ve been there many times. My family breeds thoroughbreds so we go up to the track fairly often. Saratoga’s a beautiful place. My town’s a small town near Amsterdam. (Fort Plain) Currently I’m a senior at SUNY Geneseo so I’m about a half hour south of Rochester.
You’re absolutely right about the DOB’s Blog. Being surrounded by so many Yankee and Mets fans up here in NY can be so depressing. Its awesome to be able to get on here and talk with some good baseball fans.
February 25th, 20106:23 pm
anyone read Francoeur’s comments on rotoworld
February 25th, 20106:26 pm
DOB, I’d read more books if you wrote novels. What a great read. It just feels like conversation.
February 25th, 20106:31 pm
Steve from OH -
You watchin’ the women’s gold-medal game? Who you got?
February 25th, 20106:33 pm
Rob from SC — Nope, I haven’t.
That was it? Man, that was an easy question.
Gil In Mechanicsville
February 25th, 20106:38 pm
If there were Francoeur’s Franks and McCann’s Cans, is it possible they we might see Scott Proctor’s proctologists
February 25th, 20106:44 pm
Jeff Francoeur would like to have better plate discipline this season.
We like what we’re hearing. “One of my big goals is to have better pitch recognition,” said Francoeur. “Sometimes you try to say it doesn’t bother you to swing at a bad pitch, but it does. I’m human. I want to get better because I know if I can get better at that the rest of my game will follow. If I can mix in 50-60 walks, I become a totally different guy.” That doesn’t mean he plans to stop hacking. Jeff Francoeur is confident that he can hit “around 27 home runs” this season. The Mets’ resident Miss Cleo, Frenchy also thinks his workout buddy David Wright will smack a career-high 35 homers after hitting just 10 last season.
LMAO…when he gets better pitch recognition…pigs will fly.
February 25th, 20106:47 pm
Its like deja vu all over again.
Voice of Harold
February 25th, 20106:48 pm
Osbourne Cox? I thought you might be worried… about the security… of your sh!t.
And Roodge Owns
February 25th, 20106:52 pm
“I’m human.” -Francoeur
No way. You’re not superhuman, Jeff? Wait, just to be sure, how many legs do you put into your pants at a time?
I’m very glad his big mouth isn’t soaking up ink in Atlanta during Heyward’s rise. What a distraction that would be. Losing him was multiplication by subtraction.
February 25th, 20106:54 pm
Hey guys I’m still in need of 3 slots for my fantasy league on ESPN
February 25th, 20106:55 pm
well that sucked.
February 25th, 20107:00 pm
February 25th, 20107:01 pm
Looking really, really bad now….geez
February 25th, 20107:04 pm
The Heyzilla Memorial Net…..I love it!!
February 25th, 20107:06 pm
I hope this US/Canada women’s hockey game is not a sign of things to come in the men’s game… oy.
February 25th, 20107:12 pm
Wow, who would have thought that tat would have brought such a reaction! What’s up with all the tat hate here? People are acting like Hinski was caught shooting up steroids in Bobby’s office today! AJC runs a picture of Hinski’s tat and boom!!! Suddenly people have judged him to be worthless, no count, can’t contribute, get him off the club, scumbag!
Talk about over reaction! Some here act like they were flogged as children by a rabid nanny who had ink from head to toe!..No sure how you explain it otherwise,
February 25th, 20107:24 pm
US and Canada has played pretty even, US may even have played slightly better… Canada has just outperformed the US at one position…the most important one.
February 25th, 20107:26 pm
been an excellent game so far- It is amazing the difference in talent between the US/Canada and the rest of the world…
February 25th, 20107:27 pm
US/Canada in women should just play a best-of series from the beginning for the gold….and let the rest have a tourney for teh bronze. Will never happen, but it is, as you pointed out, not even competitive when the other teams are on the ice against them.
February 25th, 20107:28 pm
US really could use a score here on the 5-3.
February 25th, 20107:29 pm
PP looks awful though.
Would be a great series Especially considering they have played for gold in all 12 World Championships and 3 of the 4 Olympic golds…
Hey Heath and/or cabravesfan are either of you interested in playing fantasy baseball?
BravePack: Schafer didn’t hit today. Took a second day off to rest the hand, will resume hitting tomorrow, or at least that’s the plan.
February 25th, 20107:31 pm
A PP score would have been nice…
Not in the least. Thanks for the offer though.
I’d love to but I just don’t have the time
February 25th, 20107:34 pm
Considering all the possble reasons we have not been in a playoff since 2005, I never considered it was because of Matt Diaz. We should have more guys like Diaz.
February 25th, 20107:37 pm
You like the no-checking rule for the women?
February 25th, 20107:42 pm
Not really but watching this game it can be hard to tell that is against the rules
February 25th, 20107:44 pm
In this game….it is pretty physical in this game. They seem to be letting them play for the most part. I don’t like the no-checking rule either. They have the same equipment and even have full masks.
February 25th, 20107:46 pm
Good game…except for the scoreboard.
February 25th, 20107:47 pm
Some players get better with opportunity, and I believe Diaz is one of those guys.
NCSCOOTS said, “OK…why do you believe it? I’m always willing to be convinced by a good argument for a differing view.”
He was not given much opportunity to play for 3 years from 2003-2005 racking up a measly 131 AB’s during that time and hitting just.229. One could say he shouldn’t of been given the opportunity for more playing time with that avg. but that’s a pretty small sample size, as so many on here are always saying. He comes to ATL and gets into 124 games that 1st year. Gets his confidence up playing for BC and hits .327 in 297 AB’s, and has averaged over .300 since. Maybe if he gets 500 AB’s against RHP and LHP he only bats .265-.270. But then again maybe he hits .285-.290. Who knows? Not me, not you, not BC. But even if he didn’t hit close to .300, he’s already (if he never plays another day in his life)so much more than Rodriquez. And my hunch is, if given the opportunity to play every day he would rise to the occassion. If I had a son I would teach him to play with the hustle and attitude of Matt Diaz. So, nothing more than gut instinct and at least “some” history that when given the opportunity that he seizes it.
February 25th, 20107:49 pm
can my school beat you twice.
February 25th, 20107:50 pm
DOB, I read pretty fast, but I’m having a heck of a time keeping up with you guys – I love it. Of course, my boss doesn’t.
Well. Only 1 period remaining. Got a hill to climb.
February 25th, 20107:51 pm
“Can?” Yes. “Will?” I doubt it.
I can't take it anymore
February 25th, 20107:56 pm
I would love to see Matty play 125+ games this year. I get excited every time he has a chance to make a play in the field, on the bases, or at the plate…you get to see hustle that you just don’t find everyday in a MLB game.
February 25th, 20107:59 pm
I get excited every time he makes a play in the field, too. Like a hold your breath, cross your fingers excitement.
But I do love the guy. That hot streak he was on at the end of last season was fun to watch.
February 25th, 20108:05 pm
3rd period underway…
February 25th, 20108:10 pm
Too many shots to the glove side by the US.
February 25th, 20108:14 pm
Starting to look like a silver for our women….
I really don’t think Matt’s defense is that bad, man. I never have that feeling when he is going to make a play… but kelly was another story. I really liked him, too, but just never gained enough trust in his glove. I always kind of came out of my seat when a liner was hit to second… didn’t really hold my breath, it was more like, oh s—!, oh sh–!
Chris from the Rock
February 25th, 20108:19 pm
To all of you guys discounting Heyward’s performance so far in ST, don’t underestimate Chino’s stuff. Word on the street is he’s got a wicked changeup.
February 25th, 20108:24 pm
I never have that feeling when he is going to make a play… I Can’t take It
it ain’t all that great either, let’s say adequate for the most part. . He has decent hands so if he gets there he will likely catch it and an OK arm, but watching his routes sometimes seems like viewing an adventure movie. I completely sympathize with him though, I never felt all that secure about exactly where the ball was gonna end up the few times I played the OF.
February 25th, 20108:25 pm
Canada’s goalie has been pretty much outstanding tonight…US has had plenty of chances
February 25th, 20108:26 pm
how wicked can it be when his fastball is only ½ a mile per hour faster?
but watching his routes sometimes seems like viewing an adventure movie. – Nolie
Thats it exactly.
February 25th, 20108:28 pm
If you didn’t watch the game you would see 2-0 and think Canada has been clearly the better team tonight. Except for the goalies, this is been about as even as possible.
February 25th, 20108:30 pm
Totally agree- no matter what happens this has been an outstanding, well played game from both teams
burn after reading ,
sounds alot like ray bradbury
and todays world is becoming
too close to that reality
February 25th, 20108:31 pm
well..we got the silver
February 25th, 20108:39 pm
jeffrey d -
See that the dawgs are doing pretty well with 7 min to go.
I am planning a trip to the west coast to catch the Braves when they are out there. Looking at the schedule, they aren’t coming out west as much as the last few years. Or is it my imagination?
February 25th, 20108:48 pm
Touché Nolie. You one-uped me.
February 25th, 20109:02 pm
I don’t think Diaz is a bad fielder. I think he gets a bum rap because the first impression was awful. He screwed up pretty royally quite a few times in the first two months of 2006, and everyone has been reluctant to realize he’s actually got some pretty good range, and ain’t that bad of a fielder. But I dunno. He still takes those bad routes sometimes that leave you thinking what the hell was that all about?
It’s like the home opener last year. I took a buddy of mine who had completely lost touch with the Braves over the last decade. He didn’t know who any of the Braves were besides Chipper. So I started bragging on certain players to him, overselling a bit in an attempt to get him more engaged with the team. I started telling him how much I thought Diaz could win a batting title if he played full time. And when he wanted to know why Bobby didn’t play Diaz more, I explained his D supposedly ain’t great, but that I thought his D was actually much better than the misperception of his D caused by his first few weeks as a Brave.
So what did Diaz do to reward me for all this big talk? He makes an arse out of me when he takes an awkward route, and loses a ball in the lights, looking like some 8 year old tard at his first Little League practice.
February 25th, 20109:06 pm
I am a huge Matt Diaz fan. He puts the team first. I hope we keep him for the long haul
February 25th, 20109:18 pm
Heath- You spoke too soon.
February 25th, 20109:19 pm
Does anyone have the 2010 Baseball Prospectus? If so is it worth buying?
Crime Dog -
February 25th, 20109:23 pm
I thought they were going to disable commenting on the mini blogs
February 25th, 20109:24 pm
See that the dawgs are doing pretty well with 7 min to go
I just got home. Do I dare check the score? We’ve always done well with 7 minutes to go.
February 25th, 20109:25 pm
Don’t do it Jeffrey D…Looks like it is going to be another heartbreaker.
If I cussed, now would be a beautiful time to do it.
Take some Alka Seltzer first…
February 25th, 20109:26 pm
Good to see Leslie back on track though
February 25th, 20109:30 pm
It’s painful how close the Dawgs are to being a tournament team, despite their relative lack of talent.
February 25th, 20109:32 pm
Am I reading this right? UGA had a chance to tie it with 2 free throws, but we missed the first of a one and one?
February 25th, 20109:34 pm
When we beat Tennessee, my cousin – a UT fan and alum – said something along the lines of “I can’t believe we lost to an 0-3 UGA team!!!” It’s hard to keep defending our poor record, but I really do think we’re a lot better than the record shows.
February 25th, 20109:35 pm
Jeffrey, looks like Barnes scored to pull within 2 with 5 seconds left. He was fouled when he scored, missed the free throw and Ware got the rebound. Unfortunately, it looks like Ware missed the put back (I was following on gamecast). Tragic….
February 25th, 20109:36 pm
Unfortunately, it looks like Ware missed the put back (I was following on gamecast). Tragic….
Good thing I wasn’t watching that live. I might’ve lost a TV
February 25th, 20109:40 pm
Mark Fox can flat-out coach. That was a great hire for ‘Dawgs. Look past that record for now, because they’re playing good ball. He’ll have them in the thick of SEC race soon enough.
February 25th, 20109:41 pm
Agreed Dave. Just tough to go through the growing pains right now.
great sign in rupp tonight. says superman wears john wall underwear.
February 25th, 20109:47 pm
Things are really hoppin in here tonight. Anyone wanna prank call Bowman?
February 25th, 20109:49 pm
prank call? I’d rather watch ice skating.
February 25th, 20109:54 pm
Just bought the new Cash CD, American VI: Ain’t No Grave. Of course it’s great. Like all the emotional, personal stuff he did with producer Rick Rubin.
If you liked the rest of the American Recordings stuff, and particularly the remarkable Unearthed boxed set, you’ll like this. Any Cash completist undoubtedly will buy it — and probably play it plenty, not just have it sit on the shelf to round out the collection.
I only got to listen to a little over half of it while I was driving home, but really liked what I heard, including Kristofferson’s “For the Good Times.”
From what I’ve listened to so far, that cut is the one that might at least come close to being as vital as some of the best songs from those other American Recordings albums and the box, sublime stuff like The Man Comes Around, One, I’ve Never Picked Cotton, Personal Jesus, Hung My Head, Delia’s Gone, Hurt, Southern Accent, Rusty Cage, Redemption Song, etc.
But it’s strong. It’s the great Man In Black’s last. ‘Nuff said.
February 25th, 201010:04 pm
VP: Our photog left, but Schultz has a camera and is going to try to take a shot tomorrow for his blog tomorrow, and that will hopefully provide some depth perception or whatever to give you an idea. But I’m not sure if it will. You just have to be there to appreciate how hard he hits the ball.
Unfortunately, the car has long since been taken to the shop for repair. It’s still in getting fixed.
February 25th, 201010:07 pm
This sort of made me chuckle . . .
“The brothers haven’t spoken since 2002. They fell out after Jay McGwire’s stepson, Eric, tickled Mark and caused Mark to spill coffee on himself. Mark then swatted Eric on the backside. Jay’s wife, Francine, then refused to attend Mark’s wedding.”
Steve from OH
February 25th, 201010:09 pm
DOB–speaking of Cash, that was a great quote you brought up the other day when Trent Reznor said that Hurt is Johnny’s song, not his. Johnny’s version is one of my all-time favorite tracks. Just goes to show what a great performer he was…
Out of baseball since July 20,2007. Launched a singing career in DOMINICAN REPUBLIC.
February 25th, 201010:10 pm
Ware was kind of lunging for the ball and didn’t have good footing on the putback attempt.
Someone else then grabbed it and put it in (well) after the horn.
If Georgia had boxed out down the stretch, though, they win in regulation.
Hopefully, Fox can get the Georgia talent, get them to abide by all the academic rules that Felton couldn’t, and get these guys to stay sober, and he might have a nice team in 1-2 years.
Looks like you’ll be in New York when it happens but My Morning Jacket will be in ATL on April 23…wish I could make it myself.
February 25th, 201010:11 pm
Does anyone have the 2010 Baseball Prospectus? If so is it worth buying?
at the end of the game, that was not a 1-1. It was an “and 1″ after a stupid foul by Ogilvy on a made basket with 0.9 seconds left
the miss was intentional.
February 25th, 201010:15 pm
nolie…”I completely sympathize with him though, I never felt all that secure about exactly where the ball was gonna end up the few times I played the OF.”
Amen to that. Judging a fly balls trajectory is not as easy as most think.
February 25th, 201010:16 pm
isnt’ there some line in fahrenheit 451 about dumbing people down with frivolous TV programs?
Perhaps I should quit watching so much TV and read the book?
but hey, Kentucky’s on
terrific covers like The Man Comes Around
Wasn’t “The Man Comes Around” a Cash original? If not, who did the original?
February 25th, 201010:19 pm
Rob in SC…I don’t think you can go wrong buying the Prospectus. I used to get it every year, now that money goes to diapers, swim lessons, pre-school, booze, etc.
February 25th, 201010:20 pm
Is it better than the Bill James Handbook
February 25th, 201010:21 pm
Call it judgment, or whatever, but isn’t “body art” a form of expression?
If a guy expresses himself verbally, and you don’t like what he says, isn’t it common to form an opinion of that person, based upon that statement? (Or, if you like what he says . . . )
The tattoo certainly says something.
February 25th, 201010:24 pm
DOB, just read your post about Heyward’s nets. Not to be nitpicky, but a retaining wall should “retain” something. That wall would technically be referred to as a screen wall. Sorry, I’m an engineer, I can’t help it.
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